About Me

I obtained my Ph.D. from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) where I worked with Jiawei Han. Currently, I am visiting Princeton NLP Group, working with Danqi Chen. I am grateful for being supported by the Google PhD fellowship since 2021.

I will join the Computer Science Department at the University of Virginia (UVA) as an assistant professor (tenure-track) in January 2024. I am looking for PhD students and interns! Please fill out this form if you are interested in working with me. After completing the form, you are also welcome to reach out via email. I will read all submitted forms and emails but I do apologize for not being able to respond to each of them!


I am broadly interested in the fields of natural language processing (NLP), machine learning (ML), and data mining. Nowadays, I am especially passionate about the developments in large language models (LLMs). Some of my past papers are as follows:



  • Ph.D. (2023) in Computer Science, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
    Thesis: Efficient and Effective Learning of Text Representations

  • M.S. (2019) in Computer Science, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
    Thesis: Weakly-Supervised Text Classification

  • B.S. (2017) in Computer Engineering, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
    Graduated with Highest Honor & Bronze Tablet


  • Email: yumeng5[at]illinois[dot]edu

  • Office: Room 1113, Thomas M. Siebel Center, 201 N. Goodwin Avenue, Urbana, IL 61801 TBD